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Woodchuck2010

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04-14-2016 09:51 PM

I’ve been using Freud blades on my tablesaw. They’ve been very impressive. I have a thin kerf and thick kerf general purpose blades. I kept hearing people say how great the Woodworker II was. I couldn’t imagine a better cut than my Freud Premiere thick kerf, but reviews said it was the best. I was curious, and bought it. I was so excited when it came. I installed it and used an alignment gauge to make sure it was running true. I then started some test cuts and was very disappointed! A lot of little tear outs not only underneath, but at the end of the cut also. I called Sliversmill from where it was purchased. The woman said not common, but it does happen sometimes that a bad blade gets out. She said it might be a tension issue. She emailed me a Fedex account number to send it back to Forrest and I’m waiting to hear back. She said they’d fix or replace it. Good service! Anyone else been let down by the blade?

-- Chuck, Michigan,


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Gerald Thompson

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 10:07 PM

Mine worked as advertised right out of the box.

-- Jerry

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Woodchuck2010

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 10:09 PM



Mine worked as advertised right out of the box.

- Gerald Thompson

Good to hear. I hope I get a good one. Have you had as good of results with other blades?

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 04-14-2016 10:22 PM

Bad blades can and do happen to all manufacturers. It’s good that Forrest is standing behind it…I’d expect nothing less.

As far as quality of cut goes….I’ve had 4 or 5 of them, and they are excellent, but are no longer alone at the top of the heap. Wood Mag has rated the Freud Premier Fusion and the very similar Infinity Super General as better in several cutting aspects, and at least on par overall. The Ridge Carbide TS2000 and Japanese made Tenryu Gold Medal are in that same league….it’s very hard to tell the WWII, TS2000 and Gold Medal cuts apart. My experience has been that tearout characteristics should favor the Fusion and the SG over the 40T WWII and others due to their Hi-ATB grind. The WWII should be more efficient in thicker rips with less tendency to burn, but won’t leave quite as highly polished edge. Honestly, it’s not hard to find some good task specific separates for about the same overall cost that will do a better job in their respective tasks. If you only want one blade, the others top contenders tend to cost less and offer at least similar performance.

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#4 posted 04-14-2016 11:00 PM

I use Freud also and love them. I also can get them locally and don’t have to wait for the order from others to arrive. I also have a Carbide Processors 12’’ SCMS blade that I love.

-- Jerry

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 11:48 PM

I have 2 or 3 Woodworkers and they have all been excellent. They have been resharpened several times. I rip a lot of heavy stock and they do seem to stay sharp longer than my Freuds.

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#6 posted 04-15-2016 12:03 AM

You get more damaged items. All saw blades will have slight tearout on the exit side if the board isn’t backed. Just like how planers have snipe. Its a fact of life not a ‘defect’ due to manufacturer error. My Freud LU83 10” TK 50T blade gives perfect smooth glueline cuts in jatoba – with a very slight tearout when not backed – it is not ‘broken’.

M

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Woodchuck2010

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#7 posted 04-15-2016 02:17 AM



You get more damaged items. All saw blades will have slight tearout on the exit side if the board isn t backed. Just like how planers have snipe. Its a fact of life not a defect due to manufacturer error. My Freud LU83 10” TK 50T blade gives perfect smooth glueline cuts in jatoba – with a very slight tearout when not backed – it is not broken .

M

- MadMark

Well hi there Markie!


-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#8 posted 04-15-2016 02:51 AM

I use Frued and like the results. The blade I use is thin kerf 40 tooth 8 1/4. I have an old craftsman 8 in table saw.

-- Scott

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#9 posted 04-15-2016 05:35 AM

I’ve been using Forrest blades for 25 years. I have the wwII regular and thin kerf, the Dado stack and the box joint blade set. Forrest has always sharpened and tuned them up when needed. They do a great job. It is my belief they will make you happy with their solution.

-- Ken

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Woodchuck2010

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#10 posted 04-28-2016 10:47 PM

Update. Just got my saw blade back from Forrest today. I’m a happy camper. No tear out and cuts glass smooth! Woo Hoo!
They said they had to rework the blade. Excellent service. I’ll use this till it wears out. I’ll probably stick with Freud blades from now on though. Great cuts and less money.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#11 posted 04-28-2016 11:17 PM

That’s good news Chuck,I’m a long time Forrest blade user and was hoping things haven’t changed.Since I have been useing a new to me tablesaw I haven’t used their service for a year or so.
I will sleep better now.

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